Race: Czech Cycling Tour, Stage 2
Start/Finish: Olomouc / Unicov
Distance: 177 kilometers
Unicov, Czech Republic – Friday’s stage 2 of the Czech Cycling Tour got to a fast start in Olomouc, with attacks flying from the gun. The Team Novo Nordisk squad was active early on, eager to put a rider in the breakaway. But after 22km, a group of six riders pulled away- including Alesandro Malaguti (Unieuro-Wilier), Philipp Walseben (Beobank-Corendon), Sven Van Lujk (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Rémi Cavagna (Klein Constantia), Adam Stachowiak (Verva Active Jet) and Artem Ovechkin (Gazprom-Rusvelo)- and eventually established a maximum gap of 3:20.
“Once the break got away without our guys in it” Team Novo Nordisk SVP of Athletics & GM, Vassili Davidenko said, “the goal was to protect our sprinters. So the team worked hard for Andrea Peron and Martijn Verschoor.”
Cannondale-Drapac controlled the peloton for the majority of the stage’s 177 kilometers, and the break was reabsorbed with 10km to go, setting the stage for a bunch sprint.
“It was interesting finale”, Davidenko said, “with lots of turns and a cobblestone roundabout just 500m before the finish, resulting in a very technical sprint.”
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Via:: Team Novo Nordisk